||"Megaro Fudo Temple"
("Megaro Fudo do")
||1931 (likely 1940's/50's printing--clearly on old paper)
||Consigned by a Florida print collector/dealer.
||Unsealed (occasionally omitted--not uncommon from Watanate Publisher)
||9 1/2 x 14 3/8
||Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to sky, trees, temple structures, stone areas,
and foreground; light "gauffrage" (embossing) to cherry blossoms and roof's edge; marvelously
life-like shadowing; highly detailed carving.
||Very Good+++. Strong colors. Clean front and verso.
(Four tiny tack-holes wide in side margins;
faint crease lower/left margin corner; light wear; light toning.)
||Pachter pl #58; Narazaki #322; Hotei #263.
||Delightful springtime temple image. Narazaki reports that this composition was designed with an
interest in depicting the complex shadows seen cast upon the flagstones of the temple's path and steps.
Interestingly, the "backwards swastika" symbol is actually the Japanese kanji for "temple."